Today, I thought I would bring you a list of some of my favourite books by Muslim authors as it is the month of Ramadan and Nadia at Headscarves and Hardbacks is running the #RamadanReadathon which I am participating in. If you want a more extensive list of recommendations, definitely check out her blog because she has put so much effort into recommending Muslim books to everyone. When I sat down to make this list of my favourite books by Muslim authors, I knew it would be quite short because I find that a lot of them fall into stereotypes however this list is longer than I thought it would be. That might be because four of the six books that I am recommending today are ones that I read this year. However, let’s dive further into my list of recommendations.
All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman
As soon as I decided to make this list, this was the first book that popped into my mind. It’s not out until July so I’m teasing you a little bit by recommending a book that isn’t out yet but oh my god, you guys need to preorder this book. It’s such a wonderfully done story that has a religious main character without falling into stereotypes and it manages to perfectly discuss the relationship between religion and mental health. I actually wrote a full review on it so if you want to know more, click here to go check that out.
Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
This is an adult contemporary novel that I read a few years ago now but it’s still one of the best books with a Muslim character that I have ever read. I loved how it talked about dating as a Muslim woman and talked about some of the struggles of a modern day Muslim woman living in London. I read this book on my kindle but I definitely need to pick up a physical copy at some point.
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik
I’m teasing you again because this book isn’t out until the 12th June but Ayisha Malik managed to create another fantastic book discussing being a Muslim in the UK and culture clashes that occur. Whilst I didn’t love this one as much as Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged, I did really enjoy it and I have a full review coming close to release date.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
This is another recent read that I adored, completely unexpectedly. I didn’t think I was going to like this one because a book with this sort of concept can veer into the realm of bashing Asian culture however I think this book managed to balance being a lesbian and still keeping your culture. I loved the characters and I think it’s such a wonderful story that a lot of people will adore.
It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan
Look at me, recommending a non-fiction book. I’ve realised a running theme whilst writing this post that I love reading books about modern Muslim women, especially in the UK. This essay collection is absolutely fantastic and so necessary in today’s society. I also did a full review of this so click here to go check that out.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I had to read this book for A Level English in 2015 and it quickly became an unexpected favourite. This is one of the few books I’ve read that isn’t set in a Western country and it was just so addictive. It made me emotional and it has stayed with me for all of these years.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
This was my favourite book of last year and it’s actually one of my favourite books of all time. I love Tahereh’s writing and I feel like I could relate so well to this book despite only being 2 years old at the time of 9/11 and not living in America. It’s quite romance heavy but I know that it is based on her romance with Ransom which really made me love this book even more.
So those are some of my favourite books by Muslim authors. What are some of your favourites? Are you participating in #RamadanReadathon? I am and I’ve read most of the books on my TBR already, just got the Furthermore dulogy by Tahereh Mafi and the An Ember in The Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir left which I will definitely finish by the end of the month.